Who wins the race, IQ or EQ?

Posted on 25. Jan, 2014 by in Constructive living, Leadership

IQ and EQ

In predicting leadership performance the relationship between IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient) always comes up.

I enjoy the lovely analogy that IQ is similar to the size and quality of the “engine” in our heads; how strong and fast it is and how high it can rev.

Our EQ is similar to how well we drive that engine; how we relate to our environment, people, the ability to assess situations, how well we react.

We might have an average engine and be a superb driver – we’re getting the best performance possible from our engines.

The outcome of this partnership is always going to beat the average driver with a superb engine.

I’m all for continuous learning; maintaining and expanding our IQ.

To be a good leader though, we need an excellent EQ. The beauty is, it can be developed.

I believe that EQ trumps in leadership ability.  To me it’s the excellent driving ability, paired with the Mini, which wins the race. Not the Ferrari with an average driver.


Which race should we enter? The Grand Prix, the Nascar or the Dakar? That’s where our SQ (spiritual intelligence) comes into play…..more about that one day.

Advanced drivers course, here I come.

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